The Christmas countdown is on…We have created some festive Christmas gift tags that will add the perfect Wild & Gorgeous finishing touches to your wrapping. Simply click on the image to download, print and away you go!
ibbi was launched in 2014 by Eliza Browne-Swinburne, Anna Kirkup and Claire McAlpine. ibbi is an online store of quirky homewares and found objects from around the world. We interviewed the wonderful Eliza from ibbi to find out more about their beautiful brand.
What was the original idea behind ibbi:
It all started with a trip to India and our longing to create a colourful hand crafted collection of really unusual homewares which were fabulous quality and sensibly priced. Months of careful research and several incredible trips later ibbi was launched.
I love the name ibbi – what does it mean?
ibbi stands for Inspired By Beautiful India and its a great palindrome. We now source from lots of places around the world but India will always be the main inspiration.
There are 3 partners involved in ibbi… how do you all compliment each other?
None of us had any retail experience when we started ibbi and we had to learn on the job. I mean, shipping was completely confusing because of the acronyms. Its like a different language B/L, CBM, CFR, CofO, EORI, FEC, LCL we had no idea! Google helped!
Learning to run a business from scratch is hard but we divided up the jobs working to our strengths. Anna had to get a grip quickly of cashflow, budget, SWOT analysis, gross profit, VAT and so on , really hard but essential. She is also a photographer and all that fell to her as well. Claire took on Social Media and Marketing – a whole new vocabulary to learn and digital marketing changes so quickly. My job was the website and IT. Our roles cross over all the time so we are able to help each other out when we need to. All three of us work on product development and branding.
Is travel important to you and the business?
Travel is essential to ibbi. It’s where we find new products, build relationships with suppliers and generally just get inspiration. So many of our products are unique to ibbi and thats because we go and find them. The bonus is we get to travel to beautiful places.
Which would be your desert island ibbi product?
This would have to be the Kantha Throw. It so warm and soft. I would hang it between palm trees to create a beautiful and colourful sun shade then in the evening lay it on the warm sand and wrap it around me at night to keep warm. The beauty of the Kantha throw is it is 100% cotton and pre washed so no shrinkage when washed it in the desert island stream and then hung out in the sun to dry. It just gets more and more beautiful with age.
In your dreams where would you like ibbi to be in ten years time?
On the Kings Road, Edinburgh, Harrogate, Bath and Terminal 5!
If you were to choose one product from the Wild & Gorgeous AW18 collection, what would it be?
The Charlie Dress – I mean who wouldn’t want that dress in their cupboard. Forget the child – I want one!
It’s beginning to look like Christmas. Check out our Christmas activity sheet filled with fun tasks for little ones. From helping Santa find the words hidden in the word search, to joining the dots to reveal the Christmas picture and a delicious gingerbread man recipe to try. Simply print and let the festive activities commence!
Click on the activity pack to print
BOO! Let’s get ready for Halloween with a spooktacular pumpkin carving activity.
Choose a pumpkin and use a sharp serrated knife to cut off the top of the pumpkin to make a lid. Alternatively you can purchase a pumpkin carving kit.
Using a large spoon, scoop out the seed and fibres. Also remove some of the flesh.
With a marker pen, draw a simple outline of your design on the pumpkin, we recommend doing this using a stencil. We have included some stencils below, simply click on the stencil you like and click print. Next cut out the black sections to create the stencil, then apply it your pumpkin and draw your outline.
Next use a serrated knife or pumpkin carving kit to carve your design.
When you’re happy with your pumpkin, pop a tea light inside, light it and replace the lid. Don’t forget to share your spooky pumpkin pics on our social media channels.
Metallic jumpsuits are the easiest and most comfortable thing to wear and when you can have one as eye catching as this – its defo not to be missed. This would be a fab eye catching birthday party outfit – or just adding a bit more sparkle to the day-to-day wardrobe!
This dress is simply divine. It reminds me of a vintage piece you would have seen at Woodstock back in the day. Floaty, pretty, textured and totally unique. There aren’t many items like this for little girls, which makes it very special. I can see Riley wearing this at a summer festival next year, perhaps with some fringed boots.
MOON FESTIVAL DRESS
Despite the name ‘festival’ dress – I just think this is an awesome seasonal dress. Especially for the Christmas season. It screams ‘party’ to me. Team this up with a feathered headband and some cool leopard print flats, probably one of my dream outfits right there.
The colour and design of this playsuit is beautiful; so vibrant. Dress up for a party or dress down to be the coolest kid in nursey. Either way – you’re winning!
TARTAN POP SKIRT
Tartan – like leopard print – is another one of my favourite patterns. Tried and tested for many years – it never goes out of fashion. I’d love to mix it up with another textured item of clothing; perhaps a pink fluffy top, or even a metallic or neon pop of colour to clash and contrast.
I love a bit of bright pink– and this playful design makes it stand out and iconic. One for kids and adults to go crazy for I reckon.
Everyone that knows me – knows my huge passion for leopard print and faux fur. I always have a leopard print jacket in my winter wardrobe. It’s been one of my staple pieces for over a decade – so it would be rude not to have one in Riley’s so we can have some twinning action going on.
This jacket is so chic. Love the boho feel to it – and the teal blue colour is stunning, this definitely is one of my favourites in the collection and is one of those jackets that is a staple piece in any child’s wardrobe.
LEOPARD PRINT CHELSEA BOOT
I would 100% wear these myself – if only they did bigger sizes! They are the dream. Teamed with a denim skirt or little leggings. They will complete any outfit.
Check out how Jakki’s daughter Riley has styled the Wild & Gorgeous collection.
Get all your colouring books, pencils and paints out and get creative.
Lay out a picnic blanket and set out plates with snacks and drinks. Invite your cuddly toys as guests!
Draw an image in the same corner of the book on each page, each image should change slightly. When you’re finished flip through the pages and watch your character come to life.
Using some masking tape, create a racing track for you to race your cars around.
You can use items like pasta, beads, paint and string to create beautiful necklaces and bracelets.
Cut out various shapes on card and tape them to wooden sticks. Turn off the lights and with the help of a torch, see the shadows of your creations on the wall.
Use sheets and blankets to drape over chairs and tables. To make it cosy put some cushions, blankets and cuddly toys inside.
Gather all the ingredients and have lots of fun baking. Then enjoy your super yummy treat after!
This September we are thrilled to have been invited to create a pop up shop at Soho Farmhouse in Oxfordshire.
This fabulous membership club where the great and the good go to sip cappuccinos and cocktails in super comfy and stylish surroundings is the perfect backdrop for the new Wild & Gorgeous Autumn Winter 2018 collection.
As you enter the complex there is a pretty little shop filled with cashmere throws, velvet cushions and scented candles galore where members go to browse or pick up a luxurious bath robe carelessly omitted from the weekends packing.
At the back of the shop is a beautiful, rustic wood clad room that Soho House use to showcase their favourite brands. Each brand stays for one month and is tasked with the challenge of turning it into an inviting mini shop.
We roped in the supremely talented Mary Mathieson to help us transform the shop into a Wild & Gorgeous Autumn grotto. Mary created a beautiful vine of sunflowers, straw, maple leaves and pheasant feathers to drape across the walls as well as making her signature floral and feather crowns to adorn the shelves. The result is a warm and inviting blend of rustic sophistication and we are delighted with the results.
So if you happen to be a member of the fabulous Soho Farmhouse please do nip along and see us there!
SILVER BULLETSay it with SILVER. Cool shimmer is the colour of the season. From subtle shades of soft silver to sequin sartorial disco balls. It’s all about slipping into winter with a glimmer and pale gleam.
CHECK MATENo wardrobe is complete this winter without a little check. From classic tartan print partywear to a good, warm, robust tartan or check skirt or trousers. A check is timeless, enduring and exudes classic chic. Check it out. MATE.
70’s boho is a big story this Autumn Winter. Beautiful Moroccan inspired embroideries, vibrant colours, bell-shaped sleeves, and tiny mirrored details. Think Kensington Market in the 70’s and you’ve got the picture.